– 2016 Program Teams Up with Jr. NBA for Basketball Clinics Across the Country –
CHICAGO, ILL. – The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), the only alumni association comprised of former National Basketball Association (NBA), ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) players, will bring its successful Full Court Press: Prep for Success youth basketball and mentoring program to ten cities this year in partnership with the Jr. NBA, Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and Leadership Foundations.
The program is scheduled to visit cities Flint, Tampa, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Saint Louis, Boston, Atlanta, Houston and Charlotte. See below for the Full Court Press Youth Basketball and Mentoring Program events schedule for 2016:
April 30 – Flint, MI
May 21 – Tampa, FL
June 16 – Phoenix, AZ
July 21 – Portland, OR
July 23 – Seattle, WA
August 13 – Tupelo, MS
September 24 – Houston, TX
October 6- Newtown, CT
October 8 – Boston, MA
November 12- Chicago, IL
December 10 – Birmingham, AL
December 2016- Haiti
Year of 2017- St. Thomas, U.S.
*All dates and locations subject to change
The Full Court Press: Prep for Success is a single-day youth basketball and mentoring clinic for underserved boys and girls, ages 8-18, held in cities across the United States and abroad. The program is designed to introduce participating youth to positive role models in both basketball and life, with equal time spent on the basketball court, in the classroom and at a mentoring roundtable as part of a robust curriculum.
“We are very proud to bring back the Full Court Press: Prep for Success program this year,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “2016 promises to be another successful year for the program and we are very appreciative of our members and partners for their commitment to providing leadership and basketball to our underserved communities.”
The Jr. NBA, the NBA’s youth basketball participation program, has a partnership network that is comprised of youth basketball programs of all NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams as well as elementary and middle schools, military installations and longstanding community partners. The Full Court Press initiative will feature Jr. NBA curriculum that teaches the fundamental skills of the game in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.
“We are very excited to continue our work with the NBRPA by bringing Jr. NBA programming to youth across the country,” said NBA Vice President, Youth Basketball Development David Krichavsky. “As part of the Full Court Press initiative, Jr. NBA clinics will help teach kids the fundamentals of basketball while also instilling important values like teamwork, leadership and respect.”
This touring program visits more than 10 cities annually and includes former professional basketball players as coaches and mentors in each session. Mentoring classroom periods address topics relevant to each community and are taught by community leaders from Leadership Foundations and PAL. The mentoring roundtable in each session falls in line with the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. In order to expand the impact of the Full Court Press program, parties from the NBRPA, Jr. NBA, PAL and Leadership Foundations are also working to expand the clinics to more American cities and programs in Israel, Cuba and Haiti.
“It is always a great honor to team with the NBRPA for this wonderful program,” said PAL President Chris Hill. “These clinics are a positive experience for kids around the world and we look forward to having an active role in mentoring the youth.”
“We look forward to engaging all of the participating kids in life and skills classroom discussions that help teach them about the objectives of life,” said Lexington Leadership Foundation CEO Eric Geary. “The Full Court Press program has been a proven success in years past and all involved will continue to work hard to assure we continue to make a positive impact on the children.”
About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.
About the Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour
The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour is the league’s youth basketball participation program that teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. Through a network of affiliated youth basketball organizations, live events and interactive experiences, the Jr. NBA will reach five million youth ages 6-14 in the U.S. and Canada over a two-year period as part of its expanded efforts launched in October 2015. The Jr. NBA partnership network is comprised of youth basketball programs of all NBA, WNBA and NBA Development League teams as well as elementary and middle schools, military installations and longstanding community partners, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jewish Community Centers of North America, National Association of Police Athletic Leagues, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wheelchair Basketball Association, Special Olympics, and YMCA of the USA.
The National Association of Police Athletic/Activities Leagues, Incorporated (National PAL) is a national youth crime prevention program that brings youth and law enforcement together in a positive environment that promotes trust and respect for each other. The "Mission" of National PAL and its member chapters work to prevent juvenile crime and violence by building the bond between cops and kids. National PAL exists to prevent juvenile crime and violence by providing civic, athletic, recreational and educational opportunities and resources to PAL Chapters. The PAL concept was developed in New York City, NY in 1914. From those successful origins the PAL concept spread, PAL programs developed in other communities. Today, there are over 400 PAL Chapters partnering with law enforcement agencies servicing over 700 cities and 1,700 facilities throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Nigeria, serving more than one million youth, ages 5 to 18.
About Leadership Foundations
Leadership Foundations is a global network of organizations working to transform the cities in which they exist and serve. These local leadership foundations (LLFs) work to make their cities better by convening people and organizations from all of its sectors, building the capacity of others and creating joint initiatives that address their community’s greatest needs. Every LLF approaches this mission in a unique way according to their abilities and their city’s needs. At Leadership Foundations, we connect our global network of LLFs, develop their ability to accomplish more with others and equip them with tools to make change happen more effectively, more collaboratively and with greater permanence and impact on their cities.
Past Years of FULL COURT PRESS
In 2015, clinics took place in Washington, Salt Lake City, Detroit, New Orleans, Minneapolis, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, Memphis, Los Angeles.
In 2014, clinics took place in Long Island, Chicago, Orlando, Cleveland, Memphis, Kansas City, Sacramento, New Orleans, Atlanta, Washington DC, Los Angeles and New York City during the NBA All-Star Weekend.
In 2013, cities visited by FULL COURT PRESS included San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Charlotte, NC; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Boston, MA; Miami, FL; Orlando, FL; Seattle, WA; and Dallas, TX. The initiative’s inaugural year, FULL COURT PRESS reached approximately 2,000 youth, engaging 150-250 kids at each clinic.